SURFACE AND PROFILING INSTRUMENTS
AUTONOMOUS SURFACE VEHICLE (ASV)
BUOY is an umbrella term that covers all floats, whether they are stationary or able to move vertically and/or horizontally.
DRIFTERS float on the surface and are moved horizontally by ocean waves and currents
PROFILING FLOATS adjust their buoyancy to move vertically through the water column;
STATIONARY FLOATS remain in one spot.
MOORINGS are similar to stationary floats but are anchored to the seabed; large ones can act as a platform for researchers and equipment.
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Last revised: April 19, 2020